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SHASHI THAROOR's "Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writers & Writing"

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New York May 29, 2005: The Indo-American Arts Council Inc (IAAC) and the Rubin Museum of Art celebrate the launch of Shashi Tharoor's "Bookless in Baghdad", published by Arcade Publishing, on June 28th from 6:30-8:30 pm at 150West 17th Street, NYC. Shashi Tharoor will read from his book at 7 pm on June 28th, 2005 after which he will sign books. Books will be available for sale at the RMA bookstore during the cocktail party.

Shashi Tharoor has been a friend and supporter of the IAAC since its inception. He is a member of the IAAC Board of Advisors and will be honoured by the Indo-American Arts Council at their Annual Gala Benefit in November 2005 (Opening Night of the Fourth Annual IAAC Film Festival held at the Lincoln Center, NYC). During the communal riots of 2002, the IAAC dramatized and presented Shashi Tharoor's "Riot" as a Staged Reading at the New School in an effort to encourage a dialogue between the polarized Hindu and Muslim communities. Mr. Tharoor has spoken at and moderated myriad discussions at various IAAC events since 1998.

For review copies of "Bookless in Baghdad":

Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers:
"Deft prose . . . a masterful analysis of culture and literature." -The Hindu
Shashi Tharoor, the acclaimed author of six works of fiction and nonfiction, is once again at his provocative best. Supremely personal, and always probing, this brilliant collection is part memoir, part essay and literary criticism. In the title piece, a timely tribute to the distressing state of affairs in Iraq, we learn what Iraqis go through in their beleaguered land merely to get hold of a book. Also among these wonderful gems is a poignant homage to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, whose home was raided by the oppressive military regime while he lay on his deathbed, and who famously proclaimed: "There is only one thing of danger for you here-my poetry!" Tharoor's erudite views on Salman Rushdie, India's love for P. G.Wodehouse, Kipling, Pushkin, le Carré, V. S. Naipaul, and Winston Churchill make for fascinating reading, and his insightful takes on Hollywood and Bollywood will intrigue even the most demanding cinephile. Together, these forty pieces reveal the inner workings of a truly astute mind and form a lovely testament to the power of literature to enrich and transform our lives.

SHASHI THAROOR is the author of The Great Indian Novel, Show Business: A Novel, Riot: A Novel, India: From Midnight to the Millennium, and Nehru: The Invention of India. Born in London and educated in India and the United States, Mr. Tharoor is undersecretary general for communications and public information at the United Nations. He lives in New York City.

Also available from Arcade Publishing:
Nehru: The Invention of India "If readers could choose only one narrative about Nehru, this would suffice." -Library Journal

An incisive new biography of the great secularist who-alongside his spiritual father, Mahatma Gandhi-led the movement for India's independence from British rule and ushered his newly independent country into the modern world. In this fascinating biography, Tharoor casts an unflinching eye on Nehru's heroic efforts for and stewardship of independent India and gives us a careful appraisal of his legacy to the world.  

Riot: A Novel"Riot is simply brilliant." -Washington Times
A powerful novel-set in and around a riot in India in 1989-about love, hate, cultural collision, religious fanaticism, the ownership of history, and the impossibility of knowing the truth. Experimenting masterfully with narrative form, Tharoor chronicles the mystery of a young woman's death through the often contradictory accounts of a dozen or more characters, all of whom relate their own versions of the events surrounding her killing.
Show Business: A Novel"Exuberant and clever . . . both affectionately and fiercely done."-New York Times Book Review
A rollicking novel about the razzle-dazzle of the Hindi film industry, know as Bollywood. With irrepressible charm and a genius for satire, Tharoor portrays the film world, with all its Hollywoodesque glitz and glamour, egos and double standards, as a metaphor for modern society. On-screen fiction and offscreen reality intertwine seamlessly to weave a tapestry of power and privilege, seduction and betrayal, politics and intrigue, that is at once colorful, entertaining, and deadly serious.
The Great Indian Novel"A rich complex work of imaginative flight and scholarly depth, it combines historical fact with daily marvels." -Louise Erdrich
In this award-winning novel, Tharoor has masterfully recast the two-thousand-year-old epic, the Mahabharata, with fictional but highly recognizable events and characters from twentieth-century Indian politics. His novel is a dazzling tapestry of prose and verse that satirically, but also poignantly, chronicles the struggle for Indian freedom and independence.

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